Abound panels deemed a hazard
An inspector for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment found 2,000 pallets of solar panels "deemed unsellable" in a warehouse in Denver, according to a state report.
Panels also were found in a facility in Longmont; other hazardous waste was found in a Fort Collins facility.
The panels contain cadmium, a cancer-causing metal considered hazardous, though officials say there was no immediate public health risk.
"At the time of the inspection these 2,000 pallets of solar panels were deemed unsellable and a viable agreement for reclamation of the solar panels was not evident," the inspector's report says. "Therefore, the department views these 2,000 pallets of solar panels as a characteristic hazardous waste for cadmium."
In all, Abound Solar's bankruptcy trustee estimated that cleanup would cost $2.2 million. The panels must be disposed of at a facility permitted by the state.
Loveland-based Abound Solar
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